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studying for some meaning, how did james holmes, just 16 there, become the 24-year-old grad student who called himself "the joker." across the country, abc news is on this story and david muir is starting our coverage of what happened in that theater minute by minute. david. >> diane, good evening. this is the movie theater behind me in aurora, colorado. it is incredible to think last night those theaters were sold out. so many moviegoers excited to see batman. they saw a real life horror scene play out in front of them. they carried out the bodies of the dead just moments ago. these are the terrifying moments captured on a cellphone. the chaos that unfolded minutes into the new "batman" movie. >> what's happening? >> oh my god. >> reporter: moviegoers thought the first signs of smoke in that theatre were all part of the premiere. but soon patrons were racing from the theatre covered in blood. it all began as a night of anticipation. four sold out theatres in aurora, colorado -- just outside denver. some people dressed as characters from the film. some tweets from those arriving -- it's
. there was fear and chaos as james holmes fired again and again with an assault rifle, holding 100 rounds. sources tell abc news, the smith and wesson high powered rifle, holmes' most deadly weapon jammed. the carnage could have been worse. more people survived, in part, sources say because holmes was probably squeezing the trigger so quickly the magazine malfunctioned. holmes was ready for war. also armed with a tactical shotgun. and abc news has learned the pistol police recovered in the theater had an extended 40-round clip. police are urgently seeking a motive and may have gotten a critical break in the case. authorities recovered a computer from the suspect's booby trapped apartment and sources tell us more evidence of his batman obsession. abc news has learned police discovered a variety of batman paraphernalia including a poster and mask from the comic book series. many of my source s appear stunned at the suspect's cold-blooded fury. >> gets you so angry, too, reports out of jail now he is showing absolutely no remorse through awful this. he is still maining his joker persona, spitting at
. police believe 24-year-old james holms calmly watched the movie along with everybody else. then got up and used the cell phone. went outside to get his weapons and gear up with bullet proof vest. ballistic helmet. gas mask and gear covering his throat legs and tactical glove gloves. holms went back inside to the front of the theater and rurld 2 green cap sisters. >> then i saw plumes of smoke. >> then he shot up in the air and everybody started to to pap ick at that point. he came down with the gun in my face 3 feet away from me at that poin point. i was terrified so i just jumped forward that the aisle and kind of buried myself in there and tried to just hide myself. ended up shooting behind me. at that moment i remember thinking i'm not going to die in here. me and my kids are not going to die in hereism it was just chaos. >>reporter: marched up and down the aisle using arsenal. shotgun block pistols and only stopped to reload. minutes later police captured him in the parking lot. but still not over. police using robot trying to get in the suspect apartment. he warned of
, and the impression james holmes made on victims' families. it's tuesday, july 24th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm paula faris. we will take you live off to colorado in just a moment for our top story. >>> and then the harsh punishment for penn state's prestigious football program. what's next for the campus after the ncaa's decision. an unprecedented decision from the governing body there in college football, definitely their football program is going to struggle the next couple of years as well as the the economy surrounding state college. >> not only just the number of scholarships, the $60 million fine, and then, no post season for the next four years. they hit them from every angle. if you watched the press conference with the ncaa officials, the word, used, was culture, want to change the culture of the program. so no one was shocked. i've don't think. they expected this to come down the pike. it has the. >>> disturbing video coming from a mississippi day-care center. the surveillance pictures getting a lot of
suspect. >> hello, i'm james. >> reporter: taken six years ago when james holmes spoke at a science camp. sources tell abc news the automatic rifle holmes allegedly used jammed during the shooting spree but he had extended clips for other weapons that held up to 40 rounds. holmes also recent lead applied for a membership at the private gun rage but was turned away because the owner thought he was "creepy." aurora's mayor is concerned the death toll could rise. >> we saw some people yesterday who, who are still terribly injured. and may not make it. >> reporter: holmes will make his first court appearance in the morning. we are told it is brief and he will not enter a plea. rob, paula, back to you. >> thanks to brandi, the make shift memorial to victims keeps on growing as friends and strangers alike as they add flowers, american flags and personal mementos on the site in the shadows of the century 16 movie theater, a cross has been placed for each of the 12 victims. >> same guy made the crosses that made them for columbine. >> he came back from aurora, illinois, where he was traveling fr
for such a lightweight. [ female announcer ] olay regenerist. >>> back to our top story, james holmes was a one-man arsenal when he walked into the aurora movie theater friday morning. >> investigators say he had two pistols, a shotgun and an automatic weapon. and bought 6,000 rounds of ammo all on line. abc's pierre thomas shows us how holmes was able to arm himself so very easily. >> reporter: abc news has learned and authorities suspect if all had gone according to the suspect's plan, the bombs in his apartment would have blown up the walls of his residence and possibly burned down the entire building. this fireball was created when police disposed of only part of the death trap. police had to overcome a room full of bombs and a spaghetti jumble of wires. once finally inside, police discovered evidence of an apparent obsession with batman. according to sources, among the paraphernalia recovered, a batman mask and batman poster. the most critical item found a computer. police hope it will be the key to unlocking why holmes went on his murderous rampage. but many are left to wonder how holmes
: it was taken six years ago when holmes spoke at a science camp. sources tell abc news the automatic rifle holmes allegedly used jammed during the shooting spree, but he had extended clips for other weapons that held up to 40 rounds. holmes also recently applied for a membership at this private gun range but was turned away because the owner thought he was, quote, creepy. a police psychologist says when you put it altogether, including his booby-trapped apartment, he doesn't believe holmes had a break with reality. >> premeditated, yeah. >> reporter: he thought it through? >> thought it through. planned it. had weapons of choice. >> reporter: well, right now, holmes is being held in isolation. he is supposed to make his first court appearance tomorrow morning. rob, paula. >> brandi, speaking of the court appearance, he is expected to travel from jail to the courthouse in an underground tunnel so he won't be accessible to eyes, ears, video cameras. what do we expect to hear from that courthouse appearance? >> reporter: well, we just found out there is a slight possibility that holmes may no
and a blockbuster breakup as katie holmes shocks tom cruise with divorce papers. and tensions mount around daughter suri. we ask what role scientology might have played in the superstar split. >>> think fast, johnny depp, angelina jolie and the hollywood elite. >> please welcome ashton curber's dad! >> while he may not be making friends in hollywood, his smash hit "the office" has been making his fans. we hang with the seriously funny ricky gervais. >>> plus, cnn's anderson cooper tells the world he's gay in a simple e-mail exchange. a lot has changed since ellen degeneres' "time" magazine cover. tonight, how more and more celebrities are coming out casually. >> from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadden, and bill weir in new york city. this is "nightline," july 2nd, 2012. >> good evening. i'm terry moran. tonight, an extremely rich hollywood couple, high-profile religion and divorce battle that's about to thrust both of them even further into the spotlight. katie holmes blind-sided tom cruise with divorce papers after five years of marriage and she's asking for full
in africa. "outfront" tonight, our first glimpse of a suspected mass murderer, james holmes. the man suspected of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others in a packed movie theater on friday appeared in court today, with bright red hair and dramatic facial expressions, he looked like he was out of it at times. he looked blankly up and down and staring into space at times. and it looked like a man who was out of it. for the first time, we're hearing about this neuroscience student. we're about to hear his voice for the first time. this is holmes speaking at a science camp in san diego from 2006. he's 18 years old in this video obtained by abc news. and here he talks about a shared interest with a mentor. >> he also studied subject ift experience, which is what take place inside the mind as opposed to the external world. i'm carrying on his work in subjective experience. >> and in jail a just-released inmate told the new york daily news he saw holmes spitting at guar guards. tonight he's in suicide watch and in solitary confinement. and we heard from the suspect's families. their lawye
to the shooter. james holmes refusing to cooperate, using evidence bags as hand puppets. what was fueling his bizarre actions in the courtroom. >>> family fight. police called overnight to the jackson home. this photo showing janet jermaine jackson arguing. new details to where the king of pop's mom has really been all the time. >>> and -- the boss' shocking secrets revealed. bruce springsteen opening up. >>> and the whole gang and breaking as we come on the air, that major increase in security at the olympics. the military force is now going to top 18,000 overall. minimum wage guards who weren't adequately trained and the government is not taking any chances now, just three days before the opening ceremonies. >> that's right, opening ceremonies on friday. >>> also ahead, the latest on the punishment for penn state, slapped with major penalties in the wake of that abuse scandal. so much emotional reaction from all sides. and a lot of debate of whether this punishment was too harsh on the school and the students there now. >>> also this morning, we're going to welcome will ferrell, can't wait
disturbing look at james holmes in the courtroom yesterday. abc's dan harris was right there when it happened. and dan, what a bizarre scene. >> reporter: george, honestly, i've never seen anything like it. and if you thought his behavior inside the courtroom was bizarre, abc news is learning now information this morning about his demeanor ever since he was arrested that paints a picture that is even more strange. even before this bizarre spectacle of james holmes in court with that shock of orange higher and that face, looking alternately bug-eyed, bores, or blasted, even before this, police sources tell abc news that holmes has been acting in an extremely strange manner, ever since he was taken into custody. refusing to cooperate, acting as if he was unaffected by his arrest and even after officers put evidence bags over his hands to preserve the gunpowder residue, pretending they were hand puppets. the james holmes we're seeing now is a universe away from the clean-cut, up-and-coming neuroscientist he once was. >> you're currently being held. >> reporter: he remained utterly glazed even wh
or hadn't slept a lot. paint us a picture for what it was like to get a glimpse of holmes today. >> reporter: it was tough, i would imagine, for the many people who were intently watching this. he appeared as some sort of comic book character emerging in that courtroom. i think everyone got over the shock of seeing the red hair, the attention really turned to his demeanor. and i think people were just stunned by his complete dazed look, bewilderment at times, confused. he appeared sedated and completely out of it in many ways. it's led to a lot of speculation throughout the day that he might have been medically sedated by authorities here in the jail in arapahoe county. we've reached out to the sheriff's office in charge of that jail. they say they cannot tell us whether or not he's been medically sedated or given anything. the speculation will have to continue. i think many people were stunned by that. all of this is significant. since he was arrested in the early morning hours of friday, the authorities here in colorado had refused to release his mug shot. this was the first t
from now, 12 killed, 58 injured. rebecca stevens has more from aurora, colorado. >> reporter: holmes won't be charged today prosecutors have three days to file the charges at least 71, one for each victim and probably more. 12 died and several others were hospitalized in critical condition when the gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater, showing the latest batman movie. holmes could face a competency evaluation. meanwhile, for the first time seeing and hearing the suspect james holmes in exclusive video obtained by abc news. it is holmes, just after his high school graduation making a presentation at science camp. >> super power and let 'em have more fun. >> reporter: the suspect is not cooperating with authorities and is in solitary. last night the people of aurora heard first from president obama who spent more than two hours with the victims and their families. >> the president: i confessed to them that words are always inadequate in these kinds of situations. >> reporter: then from leaders of their community. >> one day lord, we know that our city will march back into that
screening during the new batman movie. police believe 24-year-old james holmes calmly watched the movie along with everybody else, and then he got up and used his cell phone and went out to get his weapons and gear up with a bulletproof vest, a ballistic helmet, gas mask, tactile gloves and gear to cover his throat and legs. holmes went to the front of the theater and hurled two green canisters. >> i saw plumes of smoke. >> reporter: i spoke with emma who was in the theater. she stayed on scene for hours. she tells me she thought it had to be a prapg. >> he was such a nightmarish figure it couldn't have been real. >> then my worst nightmare happened. a guy in the corner had a semiautomatic weapon in his hand. you could see the explosions that were coming from the gun, the shotgun or whatever against the smoke background. >> one victim, a mother was hit in the leg. jay i remember thinking i am not going to die in here. me and my kids are not going to die in here. >> it was chaos. >> he marched up and down the aisle using an arsonal, an assault gun and rifle and two blocks. he shot moment
their charges at colorado shooting suspect james holmes. family and friends of the victims looked on. holmes still in his flame red hair. his reaction, seemed dazed. the charge, 140 counts of murder or attempted murder. the attack left 12 people dead, 58 people wounded in the premiere of the batman movie 10 days ago. clayton sandell covered the case from the beginning. he was in the court today. >> do you feel a little better today. >> reporter: rita paulino was shot three times but today climbed out of her hospital bed to see the man who put her there. james holmes was back in court today to hear the charges against him. cameras were banned but holmes demeanor much the same as when we saw him last week. eyes sometimes wide open, other times staring at the floor. hair still orange. he was charged with 24 counts of first degree murder, two counts for each person killed. because prosecutors say holmes acted both with premeditation or extreme indifference. he was also charged with 116 counts of attempted murder and for possessing an explosive device. former marine donald later was in the theate
. abc's brandi hitt is in colorado. >> reporter: james holmes looked the same as he did last week in court, at times datesed and confuelsed with bright orange hair. only this time, cameras were not allowed inside. as the prosecution laid out 142 charges against him, including two murder counts for each death. >> 24 counts of murder in the first degree, 116 counts of attempt murder, one sentence enhancer, one class four felony possession of explosive device. >> reporter: in a show of solidarity many victims and families from the movie theater massacre attended the hearing and heard the accused killer speak for the first time. when the judge asked holmes if he wanted to wave his right to a speedy trial, holmes said yes. >> i do believe he should probably be locked away and -- and, live with what he did every day of his life. >> reporter: when the judge mentioned the death penalty, holmes looked right at him. the judge also ordered prosecutors return the journal home holmes sent to his psychiatrist that was intercepted by police. >> resentment that anybody could take away from some o
of the families were in the courthouse. i can only imagine how painful that must have been for them to see holmes in there and kind of act so, unfazed by everything. >> you can see the emotion on their faces too as they walked in. it appeared some of them were crying. what i found interesting is that you had perfect strangers who never knew, never knew each other before this tragedy and together some of them wanted to hold hands as they walked in. i also heard that in court, other families that were walking and meeting for the first time hugged in the middle of the courtroom. nice to meet you. they seemed to be unified, in this experience together. i think you are going to be seeing a lot more of that as, the hearing, the trial resumes. >> the bond of common loss on display in that courtroom. thank you to abc's brandi hitt reporting live from centennial, colorado. thank you, brandi. stay with abc news on the air and online as we cover every development from colorado in this horrible story. you can find updates at abcnews.com. >>> turning to politics and the west coast where the president and mitt
is to be formally charged with murder later today. james holmes expected to face 12 counts of murder in the first degree and hundreds of other counts, attempted murder and assault. >> if he gets convicted of one count of first degree murder, the punishment will be either the death penalty or life without possibility of parole. >> we are also learning that the company which runs the aurora theater hired offduty police officers as security guards in other locations but none on duty at the aurora theater. >>> syrian troops are unleashing heavy fire power on rebel positions in its largest city. as the the battle intensifies, the u.n. says more than 200,000 people have fled the city of aleppo in two days. abc's reporter is inside northern syria and brings us the latest. >> reporter: fighting continued to rage in aleppo, syria's commercial can't. shelling neighborhoods taken by opposition forces desperately clinging on calling for heavier weapons. we crossed into syria early this morning, our first stop was a city which had seen heavy violence last month outside aleppo. there hardly seemed to be a sing
exactly happened in the theater early last friday morning. they say james holmes he stalked around the theater shouting and appeared to pick out and target his victims. meantime "batman" star christian bale visited with survivors in the hospital thanking the medical staff and the police. some survivors got visits from the denver broncos. >> you can tell they actually care. that's why they're coming around to everybody. >> at the university of colorado hospital, hugo jackson medley was born tuesday morning. he and his mom, katie, who also was at the movie thooeater but t injured. they're doing well. in the same hospital her husband caleb critically injured. in a medically induced coma one floor below where his son was born. there are reports he is starting to breathe on his own. just the news of his son's birth is doing him a lot of good. >> so god to hear that. praying for both of the folks. the gun control debate is heating up after the colorado shootings. but on capitol hill debate is not going to turn into any action at least during the election year. democrating and congression
gerald love lofner. now, we have 24-year-old james holmes from san diego who allegedly killed 12 people, wounding 59 others in a colorado movie theater. the crime took place in aurora a suburb of denver. a place where i lived for two years. aurora is a middle class neighborhood, just regular folks. colorado authorities are holding holmes and there is no question he did it. once again, we have a crazy guy causing a massive amount of pain and destruction. there is little else to say. fox news correspondent jon scott has the timeline. >> reporter: a little after midnight local time the wildly anticipated premier of batman the bark knight rises begins. >> i look to my right and there is this guy coming through the exit door to my right. and he looked like he was an actor or something like he was just a prop. >> 20 minutes later the shooter stands at the front of the theater wearing body armor and a gas mask. he is armed to the teeth with an assault rifle, shotgun and at least one glock pistol. first he sets off two devices which release some sort of irritant or smoke in the air. then he ope
massacre gunman james holmes will be doing a few hours from now. >> what we can expect in court. the demands for colorado families justice confronted with grief. it's monday, july 30th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good monday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm paula faris. we are taking you to aurora, colorado for our top story. and there is outrage in mississippi this morning after a church refuses to marry an african-american couple part of the congregation. they say they were turned away because of their race. this is the 21st century. if something like this is happening it makes you question. >> oh, mississippi, mississippi. >>> all right, this morning, terror in northern california. aboard a brand new theme park ride called superman, ultimate flight. yeah, turned out to be an ultimate scare. those folks got stuck 150 feet up in the air. >> are they still up there? at this moment? we'll be taking you live to northern california. >> breaking news. >>> no secret the mayor of new york is health conscious and -- among other things. wait
headquarters, in the hours after the shooting, holmes was staring at the wall with his eyebrows twitching. >> this could all be behavior indicative of some sort of psychotic episode. it might be there is other stuff >> reporter: "the washington post" says holmes' mother, told her friend she worried for years about her son being socially isolated and wanted him in counseling. in the days before the massacre, mixed signals. on the one hand, eight days beforehand a neighbor says holmes was out looking for a new apartment. two days before spotted in the bar chatting sports. on the other hand, how hole had a profile on match.com that read will you come visit me in prison? meanwhile extraordinary new stories from the survivors. amanda's boyfriend, alex tevez sacrificed himself to save her. >> he pulled me down and he covered my head. he said, shh, shh, stay down. it is okay. stay down. i did. >> reporter: you think he knew that he was putting himself in danger for you? >> i know he did. he would do anything for me. >> reporter: it is an incredible story. we do have a hopeful note now, involving
of terror in colorado were in the courtroom as those charges were read. >> they watched as james holmes sat stonefaced, hearing the 142 counts against him. has more. >> reporter: in a packed colorado courtroom, james holmes heard the charges that could cost him his life. just as he did in court last week, he sat dazed and confused. prosecutors charged holmes with 142 counts. two first-degree murder charges for each of those who were killed. and two attempted first-degree murder charges for everyone who was involved. >> one count of an explosive device. >> reporter: if convicted, holmes could face the death penalty. many of the victims and their families showed up to see holmes face the charges. they saw his fiery orange hair and heard him speak for the first time if he wanted to waive his right to a speedy trial. >> he looked like an animal in a corner. just a sickly animal that was defeated. >> reporter: as the case moves forward, there's sad news this morning about one of the victims. ashl ashley mosler, who lost her daughter in the shooting, is now expected to be paralyzed. >> to take aw
inkling of the horror to come. james holmes watched the fill being like everyone else until he got up and used his cell phone. then he slipped through a door to get an arsenal of weapons from his car. he went back inside to the front of the theater and hurled two green canisters. >> they started hissing and smoke everywhere, and then by the time i turned the corner they went off just pop, pop! and then shooting. >> then he shot up in the air and everybody started to panic at that point. >> the baby was in my arms at that time and then it was just chaos. >> at that moment i remember thinking i'm not going to die in here. me and my kids, we are not going to die in here. >> just minutes later police arrested holmes outside the theater near his car. officials won't say if the suspect talked about a motive. right now they are worried about his apartment. it is booby trapped. >> i see an awful lot of wires, trip wires, jars full of ammunition, jars full of liquid. some things that look like mortor rounds. we have a lot of challenges to get in there safely. >> the biggest priority is for pol
that much of katie holmes in the years she was married to tom cruise. >> now less than a month after her bombshell divorce announcement, she is, well, everywhere, now magazine covers even on broadway. abc's amy robach reports on her big career makeover. >> reporter: even the rain can't keep katie holmes down these days. spotted on the streets of new york city with daughter suri in tow. it appears holmes is taking full advantage of her post s divorce publicity and highlighting her role as a rising style icon by gracing los angeles based "c" magazine, revealing a more sexy, confident look. in the interview conducted one day before she announced she'd be divorcing tom cruise, holmes speaks out on her future telling the magazine, quote, i am ready to take on some more challenging roles. i feel look i worked so much at a young age that i really wanted to have life experiences. i feel more balanced and like i have more to bring to the table. holmes, who launched the ready-to-wear label holmes and yang in 2009 with jean yang, is rocking elegant looks from her latest collection. >> when we spoke
of holmes at his first court appearance he wants to tell holmes he foregives him and wants to pray for him. >> that take is a gracious spirit. it take is a while to get to that place. >>> the suspect in a mass shooting is being told if he doesn't shave his beard it will be removed for him. the army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people at fort hood in texas three years ago. another dark moment in this country. he did appear in court yesterday with the beard that he sported at a hearing last s month. it is in violation of army rules, but he claims it is an expression of his muslim faith. >>> penn state trustees now admit things could have been ape lot worse for the university's football program. the school is now confirming that it faced the threat of a four-year ban on football. that so-called death penalty has not been used against a school since back in 1987. the trustees say penn state's punishment was unfortunate, but certainly better than the alternative. >>> federal agents are going to review two deadly police shootings in southern california. the shootings have sparked four da
, the suspect, james holmes, is now in custody. he a young man, just 24 years old. eyewitnesses describe him as armed for battle. a rifle, two handguns, a shotgun and smoke bombs. he was wearing a bulletproof vest and a gas mask and police now believe he did act alone. abc news has learned that more weapons have been recovered as awe see there, police searching in his apartment complex near the movie theater. >> that's right, concerned there were explosives there. that's what he told the police, cell phone video taken by a witness showing the bloody mayhem. 20 miles away from the columbine shooting in 1999, 13 students killed there, 13 people killed there. the scale of this -- of these casualties could end up being far worse. we have a reporter live on the scene. clayton sandell at the mall in aurora, colorado, where this carnage exploded hours ago. clayton? >> reporter: good morning, george. this is the multiplex where this shooting took place and there are hundreds of local police and federal agents inside right now processing what must be an absolutely horrific crime scene. it all began j
. >> as the judge throws a long list of serious charges at james holmes. it is the last day of july, tuesday, the 31st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> well, good tuesday morning. i'm sunny hostin in for paula faris. >> you can tell her first day back on the shift. she is so chipper. >> i am. sugar and caffeine. my best friends. >> those are two very close allies of this staff. good morning, everybody, i'm rob nelson. get the latest from colorado and our top story in just a second. >>> then a story out of new jersey. that's where a 12-year-old girl had to think like a grown-up. riding with her grandfather in his truck, the unthinkable happened while he was behind the wheel. you will be very impressed with this young lady. >> absolutely. >>> and also this morning, which member of team usa lost out on a gold medal by .08. you know i am obsessed with the olympics. the events that are getting the british royal treatment in london right now. >> wow. >> look at that. >> the royal sightings. there in full effect. >>> later what nick jonas and merritt ey-- mariah carey could have
arrest 24-year-old james holmes in the back of the theater. and once the sun comes up the rest of the country begins to learn of the horror. president obama saying the government will do whatever is necessary to bring the shooter to justice. >> we are going to stand by our neighbors in colorado during this extraordinarily difficult time. >> back in colorado, cops say the motive is unclear and they are not looking for any other suspects. >> we are confident that he acted alone. however, we will do a thorough investigation to be absolutely sure that that is the case. >> and joining us now from the scene of the crime on the phone is jon scott. so you are a colorado native. can you provide some perspective for us? >> bill, i am struck as i come out here. it is a crystal blue sky today. a light breeze blowing. it is warm. it is what everybody comes to colorado for. the fantastic weather and outdoor scenery and the lifestyle. friendly people here and yet another tragedy happened just like it happened 13 years ago at columbine. >> bill: is there a culture in colorado that is casual ab
. >>> also this morning, this abc news exclusive. videotape of the suspect, james holmes, as an intern at a science camp back in 2006. and emulated the joker, carrying out mass murder, booby trapping his apartment like a mad scientist. here described as a soccer loving, aspiring scientist whose dream one day is to own a slurpee machine. >> what better game than rock, paper, scissors. apparently, rock, paper, scissors is a professional sport. >>> meanwhile, a lot of new information coming out about the investigation. we know that holmes is being held in isolation, away from other prisoners, and that while police are interviewing people who know holmes, they insist that he acted alone. also this morning, police say they have safely removed all of the 30 separate explosive devices from his apartment. and last night they detonated some of them up out of harm's way. >>> and let's not forget this, the faces of the victims. all the names have now been released, and this morning we're going to tell you about their lives. so let's get right out to colorado where abc anchor david muir is leading
. >> reporter: this morning, a huge clue about the suspected shooter. sources tell abc news james holmes may have mailed to the university of colorado, the school he attended until dropping out last month, a notebook detailing his plans to carry out the massacre. fox news quo quotes a law enforcement source containing full details about how holmes planned to kill people, including graphic images of people shooting and killing one another. in denver yesterday, the service for 51-year-old gordon cowden who went to the movie with his teenage children. >> it was hard, but it was good. >> reporter: many of the law enforcement heroes from that tragic night paid tribute to the victims. >> we're all human. we're all affected by this greatly. >> reporter: this morning, hearing more from the victims and their families. you might be surprised by the compassion they're showing the shooter. listen to pierce o'farrilo'farr. >> he's a lost soul right now. i just doctor i pray the lord can find his way into his heart and change him. >> reporter: shirley lost her daughter, rebecca, in the massacre. >> i'm so
, but today, james egan holms wasn't smiling and he didn't speak a word. >> given the nature of the charges you are currently being held on a no-bond held. >> what's happening? oh, my god. >> reporter: accused of a diabolical plan of mass murdering. a shooting rampage in a crowded movie theater. a plot that almost seems ripped from the pages of a "dark knight" comic book. if convicted, he could face the death penalty. >> the death penalty has to be made within 60 days of the arraignment. so it is months down the line still. >> reporter: in comic book stories the quest for justice boils down to a conflict between good and evil. but good almost always prevails. a court of law is trickier than that. hard to imagine the joker being tried by a jury of his peers. and yet today, that shock orange hair was impossible to ignore. >> he looked like someone who didn't know what was going on. and that leads to all sorts of important and fascinating legal questions about his mental state. >> reporter: there's no question the guy in that courtroom bore little resemblance to his own secret identity. >> his
will begin next year. and january 8, 2011 gerald love lofner. now, we have 24-year-old james holmes from san diego who allegedly killed 12 people, wounding 59 others in a colorado movie theater. the crime took place in aurora a suburb of denver. a place where i lived for two years. aurora is a middle class neighborhood, just regular folks. colorado authorities are holding holmes and there is no question he did it. once again, we have a crazy guy causing a massive amount of pain and destruction. there is little else to say. fox news correspondent jon scott has the timeline. >> reporter: a little after midnight local time the wildly anticipated premier of batman the bark knight rises begins. >> i look to my right and there is this guy coming through the exit door to my right. and he looked like he was an actor or something like he was just a prop. >> 20 minutes later the shooter stands at the front of the theater wearing body armor and a gas mask. he is armed to the teeth with an assault rifle, shotgun and at least one glock pistol. first he sets off two devices which release some sort of irri
this happen? >>> secret hideout. new details from inside the tomkat divorce. did katie holmes move into a new york city apartment behind tom cruise's back? how that may help her in the battle for the custody of their daughter suri. >>> and box office booty. "magic mike" outstripping all of the competition for your dollar. women going to the movies in droves. is this the latest fad in female bonding? >>> good morning, everybody. we'll have to get through this show quickly. paula has early-morning tickets to go see "magic mike." >> no, i don't know. don't put me under the bus just yet. >> it's a sensitive issue. >>> first day of july. bianna is on vacation. we welcome back paula faris. who anchors our overnight program "world news now." good morning to you. >> what happened to june? i have nothing substantial to account for june. it's july 1st. >> you can hold ginger zee responsible. and we will. >> it's always ginger's fault. right? anything good or bad. >>> new this morning, escaping the flames from the worst wildfires in colorado history. a race for survival. tens of thousands of people driv
james holmes. his legal team's file yesterday revealed he was a psychiatric patient and was seeing a university of colorado doctor. we'll have those details coming up. the doctor was an expert in schizophrenia. you have to wonder if she saw signs he could possibly do it. >> fairly or not, people asking if she could have perhaps stopped it. >>> the woman who admitted to hiring hitmen, yes, hitmen, plural, to kill her ex-lover's socialite wife, no less than three times she did this. she's cut a plea deal. she's going to be going to prison. why is the intended victim so furious? that story is coming up. >>> we start with the opening ceremonies. a quirky, clamorous pageant. they loaded it with the queen to mr. bean, sir paul to the woman who invested harry potter. bill weir is covering the games for abc news. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dan. so great to be back on "gma" week end, especially since it's noon here in gorge london. the city still buzzing after last night. it was everything you might expect from a land that gave us shakespeare, the sex pistols and monty python.
is the latest. tonight police say the suspect, 24-year-old james holmes has lawyered up, and he is not talking with investigators. over the past four months more than 50 commercial packages were delivered to his home and a school address including rounds of ammunition he bought on-line. we could get a look at holmes tomorrow when he is scheduled to appear in court. the town in aurora paid tribute to the 12 people gunned down in the theater, and abc7 news an ama dates was there and she joins us live in aurora, colorado. >> the turnout for the vigil was incredible. so many people showed up to pay their respects to those killed in the movie theater shooting. as one man said to me, there was a sense of family. a pledge from the community of aurora to the 12 people shot and killed in friday's movie theater shooting. this vigil at the aurora municipal center brought together family, friends and the ever watchful eye of police. but this wasn't a time to be afraid. no gunman can shake this city's spirit. >> he will get his. >> reporter: many here didn't know any of the victims, but it makes no differe
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